'Show hens some love'

Animal welfare activists in 2014 protest against the farming of colony-caged eggs

8 min ago  Animal rights group SAFE wants Countdown supermarkets to sell only free-range or barn-raised eggs.

Rugby field of dreams

Highlanders fan Brad Crickett, 11, of Otautau, in his Stags rugby jersey at the match between the Highlanders and Crusaders in farmer Fred Booth's paddock near Gore.

It's not exactly Eden Park... the Highlanders and the Crusaders meet in a farmer's paddock.

Loe urges quad bike helmet use

110216newsphoto:dianebishop/osf-Worksafe's Safer Farms ambassador Richard Loe at the Southern Field Days.

Rugged former All Black prop Richard Loe appeals to farmers to take it easy on quad bikes.

Inventor to keep product in NZ

Matamata entrepreneur Patrick Roskam and his Gudgeon Pro at Southern Field Days.

A humble science project has turned into an award-winning venture for Matamata teenager Patrick Roskam.

Dairy farmer is 'Southern Man'

Southern Man runner-up Kent MacKenzie, left, crowd favourite Duncan Gardyne with Southern Man winner Matt Ahradsen

Southland dairy farmer Matt Ahradsen is the inaugural Southern Man.

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opinion

Dairy farmers under no illusions of year ahead

Dairy farmers are digging in for a tough road ahead.

OPINION: Chris Lewis takes stock of a frustrating dairy season.

Research backs smaller Fonterra board

OPINION: International research shows that smaller boards have achieved bigger returns for its shareholders.

Pleasing mating performance at Owl Farm

Milk price and trade closely linked

Fieldays

Inventor to keep product in NZ

Matamata entrepreneur Patrick Roskam and his Gudgeon Pro at Southern Field Days.

A humble science project has turned into an award-winning venture for Matamata teenager Patrick Roskam.

Spirits high at field days gallery video

Farmers look for bargains to improve production at Southern Field Days.

Southern Man runner-up Kent MacKenzie, left, crowd favourite Duncan Gardyne with Southern Man winner Matt Ahradsen

Ultimate Southern Man found 

Southland dairy farmer Matt Ahradsen is the inaugural Southern Man.

dairy

Farmers egged on to suicide

Waikato herd manager Gina Greenwood says farmers are not responsible for the bobby calf deaths which have attracted the ire of animal welfare activists.

Attacks on dairy farmers from animal rights advocates are escalating, supporters say.

Testing the waters

The state of the country's fresh water is at the top of the agenda for this public service boss.

Lincoln survey finds expansion of no interest to many small dairy farmers.

Small dairy farmers happy to stay that way

Many small dairy farmers are perfectly content with the size of their business but are as keen as bigger operators to lift production, new survey results suggest.

advice

Sheep farmers look for answers to slow the decline

The demise of sheep farms in South Canterbury reflects both national, and world wide trends.

9:37 AM  There's more than one reason for the decline of sheep farms in South Canterbury.

Help available from TRC to protect waterways

New Zealand's clean, green and unpolluted status is invaluable.

Do your numbers before leaping into buying the next door farm, advises Pita Alexander.

Buying the neighbour's farm?

Many farming couples aspire to buy the next-door block, but the numbers may not stack up.

aquaculture

Concerns raised about park

Government representatives address the public regarding the proposed Marine Protected Areas consultation document.

Quota owners would receive compensation, but there was no provision for operators who leased quota.

Marine park meetings next week

"People will be able to draw their own conclusions and ask if this is good for Marlborough, and what does the region really want?"

Okiwi Bay, with D'Urville Island in the distance.

Fish farm application alarms residents

Marlborough Sounds residents gear up to fight research base proposed by international fish food company.

beef

Hill country farms face environmental challenges

A slip blocks the road at Waituna West. Hill country farmers have to deal with environmental issues.

9:59 AM  Hill country farms face challenges on the environment, but farmers are prepared.

Springboard to new career

Smedley Station's top 2015 cadet has returned to Taranaki to work as a livestock agent. 

An aerial topdressing plane applies fertiliser in the Awatere Valley in the South Island.

Aviation levy will hit farmers

Agricultural aviators are up in arms at proposals to impose a safety levy on their operations.

Sheep

Hill country farms face environmental challenges

A slip blocks the road at Waituna West. Hill country farmers have to deal with environmental issues.

9:59 AM  Hill country farms face challenges on the environment, but farmers are prepared.

Sheep farmers look for answers to slow the decline

9:37 AM  There's more than one reason for the decline of sheep farms in South Canterbury.

Lambs's wool eased in sales in the North Island and the South Island.

Wool price stays steady

9:52 AM  Wool prices stays steady except for lambswool.

cropping

Blueberry farm aims high video

Blueberry Country Otautau farm manager Simon Bardon says the farm has recovered from major frosts in November 2015.

Southland blueberry farm aims to increase its production tenfold in 2016.

Grain and seed the agriculture cornerstone

South Canterbury farmers take pride in arable farming being the cornerstone of the agriculture industry.

Zespri chairman Peter McBride, left, and T&G Global chairman Professor Klaus Josef Lutz sign the MOU at Berlin Fruit Logistica.

Zespri's push into Asia

Zespri has signed a deal to use T&G as its marketer in south-east Asia.

agribusiness

Sheep farmers look for answers to slow the decline

The demise of sheep farms in South Canterbury reflects both national, and world wide trends.

9:37 AM  There's more than one reason for the decline of sheep farms in South Canterbury.

BNZ invests in Figured

The BNZ has invested in internet-based accountancy company Figured.

Kelly Logging's ClimbMAX tree harvester in action in Marlborough.

Tree harvester reduces accidents video

A new machine is revolutionising tree harvesting and gaining North American interest.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

What makes the perfect southern man?

Is this the perfect southern man?

Some rural gals give us their take on what the perfect southern man looks like.

Sheep meat prices disappoint director

While the lead-up to Christmas is a blur of crutching, shearing, weaning and producing stock in top condition for market, mid-January is our time to take stock, re-group and plan how we intend to proceed through until autumn.

Bronwyn Muir.

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

Video

Web losing 'authenticity'

Furry animals, bland promos and ad-blocking software have created a 'perfect storm' says top blogger.

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